December 2018


Jason Hunt, MD Assistant Professor

Dr. Hunt featured as expert in Citrus County Chronicle

“Once the brain has been hijacked it will force the individual to search for drugs with the same strength as it did for food and the rational part of the brain is unable to stop it,” Hunt said.



UF Health Shands Hospital 60th Anniversary: "Helping teens in our community."   

For 60 years, UF Health Shands Hospital has been committed to the North Central Florida community. Denise Thomas, UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital Business Development Partners in Adolescent Lifestyle Support (PALS) coordinator, talks with UF Health Shands CEO Ed Jimenez about our contribution to local communities, staff career growth and more.

Watch her interview

Uma Suryadevera, MD

Combatting Holiday Depression

Uma Suryadevara, MD, a UF Health psychiatrist, said that seasonal affective depression is often regular depression but exacerbated around the holidays and said she sees an increase in patients coming to her for help with depression during the holiday season.


Marcia Morris, MD

On Leave: College Wellness, Mental Health And Not Returning To Campus

Marcia Morris, MD speaks with Jane Clayson on NPR's On Point about College Wellness and Mental Health. Dr. Morris joins the program at the 20 minute mark.



Quality and Safety Star Award 

For our November Quality and Safety Star Award, we are honoring Dr. Jessica Khan, PGY-3. Jessica recognized that a patient needed extra assistance for a safe discharge and advocated accordingly. This has also led to a policy/procedure review and change. That’s what quality improvement is all about. Way to go! Thanks for being a quality and safety star!

Check out our latest Quality and Safety Star Awardees on the Quality whiteboard in the adult workroom at the Springhill MOB 1.

If you have a nominee for future Quality and Safety Star Awards, please contact Dr. Hobbs.


Resident of the Month


We need your help!

We'd like you to keep an eye out for those staff members that continually go above and beyond for the department.

Then we would like you to nominate them by submitting their name and a brief explanation of the awesome thing(s) they do!

The Executive Leadership Committee will vote on the candidates and we will announce the winner in the newsletter. 

Please submit your entries to Priscilla Spence by December 15th. 


UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 13th World Congress

Dr. Thornton, Dr. Shapiro, and Caroline Nickerson are currently in Jerusalem, Israel at the UNESCO Chair in Biotheics 13th World Congress. 

Dr. Shapiro presented "Is Parental Refusal to Treat Pediatric Depression Mental Health Neglect"?

Dr. Thornton and Caroline Nickerson presented on the Richard C. Christensen, MD Ethics Curriculum in their presentation "Ethics in Psychiatric Practice Curriculum": The Universal Ethical Principles Regarding Serving Undeserved Populations Through Psychiatry.


For more information on the UNESCO World Congress please visit: 

For more information on the UF-VA UNESCO Bioethics Unit please visit: 


NNDC Visiting Professor | Michelle Riba, MD

Dr. Riba was here as part of the NNDC Visiting Professor Program on Friday, November 30th. 


UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

Roxane Harcourt, LCSW, LMFT, has been appointed as administrator for UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital. Moving forward, she also will continue to provide oversight for the UF Health Florida Recovery Center, where she has served as executive director for five years.


Registration is open for Stomp the Swamp!

Stomp the Swamp will be held February 23, 2019 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Register here:



Ashley Ordway, LMHC

Ashley Ordway is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who primarily sees OCD and Anxiety Related Disorders and PCIT cases in the Psychology Division. She is an experienced OCD therapist who has played an important role in the University of Florida Fear Facer’s camp and outpatient OCD clinic. Additionally, she will be working on research projects in Dr. Mathews’ PGENES lab.


Dawn Roberts

Dawn has joined the fiscal office as an Accountant I. Dawn has been with the Department of Pediatrics for 5 years and comes to us from Ped-I-Care – Provider Network Management.  She will be responsible for grant reporting, effort reporting, distributions, PI overhead, development, space reporting, and property. She can be reached at or 352.594.4228


Rhonda Hall

Rhonda is joining our revenue cycle billing team as our Coder II – replacing Alecia Cosey.  Rhonda has been with the Department of Pediatrics for 4 years and comes to us from Ped-I-Care – Provider Network Management.  She comes with an extensive knowledge and expertise of over 11 years in coding, billing and compliance  She will be responsible for billing and charge entry in different inpatient units, provider quarterly audits, compliance, provider education and working back end billing operations. She can be reached at  or 352.273.5115


Donna Rowland

Donna retired November 30th after 17 years with the University of Florida and 9 years with the Department of Psychiatry. We wish you the best in your retirement! 


December 4th

The December AnARTist Workshop will be taught by UF Psychiatry Alumna, Sylvia Montesinos, MD.

AnARTists Community Group is an organization that believes everyone is creative and art is healing. Through workshops, outreach, and exhibitions we provide a supportive space for people to gather and use the arts for expression, enjoyment, health, and wellness.


December 6th | Women's Advantage Seminar


December 7th | 20th Anniversary Celebration - MBI

Dear Colleagues, 

Please join us on Dec. 7 for our McKnight Brain Institute 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Cade Museum. The celebration will serve as this year’s holiday party and we look forward to this opportunity to thank you for your contributions to the MBI. We hope to see you there!


Todd E. Golde, MD, PhD

Director, McKnight Brain Institute 

If you are planning to attend, Please RSVP to Tracy Dees at or at 294-4900.   


December 12th | Addiction Medicine Lecture

“A Century of Pain Management in the United States”

Gary Reisfield, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Divisions of Addiction Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida

Watch Live at noon


December 14th | Grand Rounds

“Personalized, Precision Treatments for College Students with Mood Disorders: The Time Has Come.”

John F. Greden, MD

Rachel Upjohn Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences

Research Professor, Molecular and Behavioral Neurosciences (MBNI)

Executive Director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center

Founding Chair, National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC)

Chair Emeritus, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry

McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


February 23rd | Stomp the Swamp

Registration is open for Stomp the Swamp for Autism!

February 23, 2019 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium


March 18th - 21st | Patient Safety and Quality Week

Activities planned for this week include:

• March 18: Unit Recognition for Hospital Quality Improvement

• March 19: Featured Guest Speaker & Plenary Improvement Project Presentations

• March 20: Improvement Project Poster Session

• March 21: Leadership Series & Recognition Dinner

For more information visit the Quality & Patient Safety page on the Bridge. 


Mindful Relaxation Minutes 

December Mindfulness Leader:

Carol Lewis, PhD, MPH, CPH

Carol Lewis, PhD, MPH is a clinical psychologist who has training in 3 mindfulness-based programs – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Dr. Lewis uses mindfulness strategies extensively in her clinical work.  As a public health practitioner, Dr. Lewis is working on developing low-intensity, easily accessible mindfulness-based treatment strategies.  She is also a regular meditator and yoga practitioner, who meditates with a Thich Nhat Hanh –based meditation group, and retreats yearly.

Please be sure to join us Thursdays at 12:15pm via videoconference at MBI, MOB, Little Springhill or call into the conference line 1-888-670-3525 and enter participant code 9372794023# 


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Editor: Priscilla Spence                   


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